Opinion The tiniest hint of butthurt tinged the Linux Foundation and edX's latest annual Open Source Jobs Report. For the first time, pure Linux skillz were not number one, slipping to second place behind Kubernetes. Container herding is up by 455 per cent, but you just can't get the help.
Getting past the mild sulks that "of course, you need good Linux whatever you do in open source" – calm down, penguinistas, you've already won this war – the real meat of the survey comes from the corporate attitude to recruitment and talent. There has never been an oversupply of good systems and developer bods, in any significant sector of IT, but when you have something growing rapidly and dependent on new technology, the industry seems particularly bad at helping itself.
The lack of Kubernetes on the industry's collective CV is only part of it. Talk to companies who want to play clever in clouds, and the lack of knowledge is pandemic. If you know how to wire together AWS services or fly in the wild blue Azure skies, you will have no shortage of suitors. This isn't going to change any time soon; yes, as advertised, you still need to have those basic chops. You need to build and fix. But the cloud needs you. How do you get those skills?